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U.S. Women beat Canada for World Championship

Monday, 04.13.2009 / 2:23 AM / News

By NHL.com Staff

The United States successfully its title at the women's world hockey championships in Hameenlinna, Finland, beating Canada 4-1 in the gold-medal game. Caitlin Cahow scored twice as the Americans defeated Canada for the second straight year. The U.S. has won three championships, while Canada has won the other nine.

Cahow scored 24 seconds into the game and added an insurance goal in the third as the Americans defeated Canada in the final for the second consecutive year.

Canada's Jennifer Botterill tied the game 1-1 in the second, but Meaghan Duggan broke the tie just five minutes later. After Cahow's second goal, Hilary Knight earned her second assist of the game on Julie Chu's empty-netter with 9 seconds left.

Goalie Jessie Vetter, recently named as the top U.S. women's college hockey player, extended her unbeaten streak against Canada to four games by making 25 saves.

Twin sisters Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux, as well as Jenny Potter, also played well for the winners, coached by former U.S. Olympian and NHL player Mark Johnson.

Potter set up Cahow with a cross-ice pass to the slot just after the opening faceoff, and goalie Charline Labonte had no chance as the Americans grabbed a quick lead.

Botterill tied it from the slot early in the second after a nice setup from Caroline Ouellette. But the Americans replied quickly when Jocelyne Lamoureux threaded the needle with a pass to Duggan, who picked the top corner over Labonte's glove.

Second after Gigi Marvin had Labonte down and out but couldn't lift the puck over her, Cahow fired a shot from the slot between Labonte's pads for a 3-1 lead.

Finland captured the bronze in front of their home fans earlier Sunday, defeating Sweden 4-1. Michelle Karvinen scored twice for the winners.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery